Straight into the storm.
From the Yellowstone River to the waves off Montauk, bet on the Patagonia Women's River Salt Jacket to be the wulff to your dry fly. Constructed as Patagonia's toughest, most durable fishing shell, this jacket, made of the same fabric used in waders, is built to stand up to big waves, salt spray, and incessant rain day in and day out. Patagonia equips the jacket with a four-layer construction, H2No Performance Standard waterproof, breathable membrane, and DWR treatment to seal out every drop of water that comes near you. Then, it goes a step further by fully taping every seam and adding a TPU coating to each zipper to create a truly impenetrable barrier.
For further protection, Patagonia built this protective shell with adjustable watertight cuffs for a secure, leak-free fit. The water-repellent front zippered pockets were constructed specifically to hold onto fly boxes, though they'll also hang onto lip balm or sunscreen thanks to corrosion-resistant YKK zippers refusing to budge in salty conditions. A fully vented, adjustable hood comes built to stay snug when you're boating straight into heavy winds, and the mesh and elastic drawcord hem drains water quickly when you're wading in calmer rivers.
- Trust this heavy-duty fishing jacket on any expedition
- Regular fit won't drag you down when you're casting
- Four-layer construction completely seals out water
- Corrosion-resistant zippers won't break down with time
- Self-draining mesh drawcord empties water when wading
- Fully vented, adjustable hood won't fold under high winds
- Pockets shaped specifically to hold fly boxes
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- Q & A
Rain and Snow Got Nothin On This Jacket
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have had my Patagonia River Salt Jacket for a few years now (I own the older model, however they have very similar features). It is wind and waterproof and has stood the test of time. It has treated me VERY well through fishing in various weather conditions, from Pennsylvania downpours, to Utah winters with sleet, hail, freezing rain, gusting winds, and snow.
The fit is roomy which allows for fairly generous layering. During the winter, I can wear a wool base layer, a thick fleece, AND a lightweight down jacket underneath, all while maintaining mobility and range of motion to cast, fiddle endlessly with my fly pack, and land fish. It is lightweight enough to wear by itself or with light layers during spring and fall. The jacket features adjustable cuffs that can be secured snugly around your wrist, giving you added protection from water seeping in through your sleeve.
The front has two chest pockets on either side. One fleece lined one for your hands and another waterproof one for fly boxes. I ultimately choose this over the comparable Simm’s women’s wading jacket due to the entire lack of exterior pockets on the front on that jacket. I am 5'3", 120lbs, petite build. I wear a size small. Jacket is cut short specifically for wading (to keep from dipping in the river), so as an everyday rain jacket, it works, but it might be a slightly awkward look.
I never leave home to fish without it. After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather -- only bad gear! This jacket completely seals out water, seriously cuts down on that wind chill factor, and keeps you comfortable through some pretty harsh conditions. Overall, a killer piece of gear that continues to perform!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This jacket is the perfect wading jacket, but you don't have to be an angler to appreciate the great fit and quality of Patagonia.
I'm 5'1, 120 lbs with a pretty athletic build. I can wear the S or M, but the S fits a little better in the sleeve length and less excess in the body with still enough room for a down sweater and a fleece underneath.
I've always struggled with packs I like and the chest pockets are easily accessible and perfect to fit 2-3 medium sized fly boxes, tippet spools, etc.
Have worn this fishing in torrential downpours of the PNW and Utah winters and it helped me stay warm and dry. Would highly recommend this jacket.